‘Genius is experience,’ Henry Ford once famously said. ‘Some seem to think that it’s a gift, but it’s the fruit of long experience in many lives. Some are older souls than others, and so they know more.’
Edgar Cayce said it takes 35 lifetimes of training to produce a genius. But we don’t need to wait that long to have a past-life skill. Most people have something they’re good at, and which comes easily to them. These inborn abilities spring from the learning and experience of earlier lifetimes.
Our talents, skills, abilities and even hobbies are therefore full of clues about our former lives. This doesn’t mean we are stuck with doing the same old things for all time. Part of the unfolding story of our lives is how we develop old skills to use in completely new ways.